08/16 20:59 CDT Trio of Tigers pitchers combine to blank Rays 2-0
Trio of Tigers pitchers combine to blank Rays 2-0
By DICK SCANLON
ST. PETRSBURG, Fla. (AP) --- Daniel Norris, Drew VerHagen and Joe Jimenez
combined on a five-hitter to outpitch Charlie Morton, and the Detroit Tigers
beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Friday night.
Norris went the first three innings, VerHagen pitched five and Jimenez earned
his seventh save by striking out Eric Sogard with two men on base to end the
VerHagen (3-2), who came into the game with an 8.03 ERA, gave up only three
hits and two of them were erased by double plays.
The Rays, in current possession of the American League's second wild-card spot,
opened a six-game homestand after returning from a 5-1 road trip with a major
league-best 40-23 record away from home. They are 31-29 at home.
Only three runners reached second base for the Rays, who have lost 10 of their
last 17 at Tropicana Field.
Dawel Lugo scored the Tigers' first run on a passed ball after a double by Niko
Goodrum off Morton in the fourth.
Doubles by Travis Demeritte and Jordy Mercer off reliever Pete Fairbanks made
it 2-0 in the eighth.
Morton (13-5) gave up one unearned run on three hits in seven innings. It was
the 19th time in 26 starts he has given up two runs or less, and the 20th time
he has given up five hits or less.
Norris gave up one hit and two walks, striking out three.
Miguel Cabrera struck out in all four of his at-bats for the Tigers, three of
them against Morton.
Matt Duffy had three of Tampa Bay's five hits.
SIXTH STOP FOR FAIRBANKS
Fairbanks, recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday, showed up in his sixth
different clubhouse of the season. Fairbanks, 25 and coming off his second
Tommy John surgery, pitched at all three minor levels and in eight games for
the Texas Rangers, who traded him to the Rays for infield prospect Nick Solak
on July 13.
Tigers: OF Christin Stewart (concussion) will play a couple more games in the
field for Triple-A Toledo before the Tigers determine when to activate him.
Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow, out since May 11 with a strained right forearm, will
throw fastballs off a mound Monday. ... IF Brandon Lowe (bruised right shin)
and IF Joe Wendle (right wrist inflammation) will alternate between DH and the
infield for two games at Class A Charlotte before moving up to Triple-A Durham
for more rehab games.
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (right cervical spasm) will return from the 10-day
injured list Saturday and pitch the second game of the series for the Tigers
against LHP Ryan Yarbrough, who came within one out of the Rays' first complete
game in three years Sunday at Seattle.
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